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Applications for AL director legacy pathway licensure available April 19

Jill Schewe
By Jill Schewe  |  April 16, 2021  | Assisted living providers

The Minnesota Board of Executives for Long-Term Services & Supports (BELTSS) announced that Minnesota Rules 6400.5000 have been approved, allowing the legal authority to proceed with online applications beginning Monday, April 19, 2021. The Board asks that individuals who qualify for one of the five legacy pathways to licensure apply as soon as possible. This provision will end at 11:59 PM on June 30, 2021.

Before the application goes live, there are several steps you can take to prepare:
  • Read and understand the licensure rules that you are applying for—this is, after all, a professional licensure!
    • Specifically, 6400.7000–6400.7095; and
    • 6400.6100 
  • Update browser to the most current version of Google Chrome 
  • Gather work history
    • Create or update your resume with a minimum of 10 years and all LTC work experience—you will be asked to email it to BELTSS as a part of the application process
    • Once your application is received, if you are applying for pathway 2–5, you will receive an employment verification of employment form that you need filled out and returned to BELTSS
  • Know where and how to request the transcripts of your highest level of education (you do not need to do this for all your education, just the highest level you received)
    • After your application is made, you will be required to have your transcripts sent directly to BELTSS (some learning institutes will charge for this request)
  • Create a username and login on the BELTSS website so you are ready and can start your application once the process is open
  • Research where you need to go for a CBA criminal background check—this background check is a federal fingerprinting check and IS NOT the same as the NetStudy 2.0 check
    • You will have to go to the BCA, local police station, county sheriff’s office or other private vendor
    • Again, after your initial application is made you will receive more information on how to complete the background check

For applicants who do not meet at least one of the legacy pathways to licensure, an individual must complete an approved training course and pass an examination approved by the board that is designed to test for competence, that includes assisted living facility laws in Minnesota. If not a legacy candidate, an application for assisted living director (ALD) or assisted living director in residence (ALDIR) is required. BELTSS suggest that individuals wait to apply for the ALDIR permit until July 1, 2021, to gain the full benefit of the year to complete the requirements. This information, the pathways for a legacy, and other application information can be accessed on the BELTSS website

Care Providers of Minnesota is in the process of developing the required 120-hour training that will meet the requirements for the assisted living director (ALD) or assisted living director in residence (ALDIR) applicants. More information will be out this summer. 

Minnesota Board of Executives for Long-Term Services & Supports
2829 University Avenue SE, Suite 404
Minneapolis, MN 55414
O: 651-201-2731
F: 651-201-2763 

Jill Schewe  |  Director of Assisted Living, Housing & Home Care  |  |  952-851-2484


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